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Ma - Hyphenate (2013)
a dance theatre work by Anita Ratnam
A triptych contemplation on women-Goddesses and the Fire within
Akka Mahadevi - daring- pilgrim- Peace
Meenakshi- fierce - champion- Victory
Annapoorani - compassionate- mother- Abundance
Ma - Hyphenate is an introspective look into the Goddess as Ma - the
mother, through the lens/device of the Japanese concept of Ma - where
the goddesses’ Hyphenate personae are objectified utilizing stillness,
movement, mime and music while equally prioritizing the Hyphenate
pregnant-empty negative spaces between those object(ification)s in
light, shadows, darkness and silence.
Performance/Costume Design/Co-Choreography/Co-Sound Design: Anita Ratnam
Choreography/Direction: Hari Krishnan
Visual Design: Rex
Music and Sound Design: Vedanth Bharadwaj
Musicians: Sandhya and Subhiksha (vocals), KSR Aniruddha
(multi-percussion and jati composition/recitation), Sashirekha (jati
recitation), Anil Srinivasan (piano) and Krishna Kishor (Kanjira)
Dr. Anita Ratnam premiered MAA, HYPHENATE, a new solo on April 12, 2013 at Purcell Room, London.
Southbank Centre artist-in-residence, Gauri Sharma Tripathi, is a
leading kathak artist whose work is much loved in the UK and India. It
is deeply grounded in the classical South Asian dance form, to which she
brings a unique, contemporary twist.
Gauri asked three artists - her friends and collaborators Mavin Khoo,
Anita Ratnam (who premieres MA - HYPHENATE) and Chitra Sundaram - to
share the stage with her for this one-off evening. All are bharatanatyam
dancers travelling on a similar artistic journey, involving a departure
from and a return to tradition.
'I have invited artists who are great personal friends and share a
passion for reinventing the classical forms that ground us. I've watched
them flourish in their practice and delight in the idea of reuniting
with them all for Alchemy.' - Gauri Sharma Tripathi
There was a post-show discussion after the performance.